Saturday, March 10, 2018

Son of a pun - 3.10 #sol18 Story Challenge

Today, I finished reading The Pun Also Rises by John Pollack, a title I noticed in an eighth grader's hands a few weeks back. For word-play fans, it's a treat replete with examples, history, and analysis.

My dad (who regularly reads what I write here) remains an inveterate punster, so the quote I'm plucking from page 80 is for him. It originally appears in Thomas Sheridan's 1719 Ars Punica:
Punning, of all arts and sciences, is the most extraordinary: for all others are circumscribed by certain bounds; but this alone is found to have no limits, because, to excel therein requires a more extensive knowledge of all things, A punner must be a man of the greatest natural abilities, and of the best accomplishments: his wit must be poignant and fruitful, his understanding clear and distinct, his imagination delicate and cheerful...
To that I say -- and I suspect my mom (who also reads what I write here and regularly rolls her eyes at my dad's jokes) would agree -- just because punning has no limits doesn't mean it shouldn't. Here's a quote for mom, in which Pollack posits that audiences often groan at puns, "because it's a quick convenient shorthand for conveying a tangle of emotions" (111).

Hope you two laugh birds are enjoying chuckles, among other mixed emotions, with this chip off the old blog.


  1. Now THAT was "punny!" (See what I did there?) Seriously though, I love puns! It takes only the wittiest of people to make them and equally as witty to understand them. I will need to take a look at this book - it sounds like it's right up my alley! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Wit, intelligence, imagination, understanding -yes, punsters are truly brilliant.

  3. haha - we have started telling our students "bad dad jokes" daily and most of them are quite punny..sometimes the kids don't even understand the pun. but we laugh when they figure it out!

  4. I'm not sure I have ever heard someone come out with a good pun that I didn't feel compelled to repeat right away. Clever word-play is a gift. And the quotes you chose couldn't be any more perfect.

  5. you, my friend, as always ever quick with the words.

  6. Many thanks for your clever & complimentary slice. We're pleased & soon to the Library for Pollack's book! Son rise later today? "There was a person who sent ten different puns to his friends, with the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh. No pun in ten did." And sow it goes. Mom just rolls her ayes. !gnilims peeK